Quinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Quinton is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Quinton comes from St. Quinton, a third century missionary in Gaul. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. Parents named their children after particular saints whom they hoped would protect or bless the child.

Early Origins of the Quinton family

The surname Quinton was first found in Essex and Dorset where they held a family seat from very early times. Another branch of the family was found in the parish of Hornby in the North Riding of Yorkshire from ancient times.

"Hornby Castle, anciently the seat of the family of St. Quintin, and now belonging to his Grace the Duke of Leeds, is a spacious mansion in different styles of architecture, containing superb apartments, and commanding a fine view of the valley of Bedale." [1]

Another early branch of the family was found at Lowthorp in the East Riding of Yorkshire. At one time an ancient hall there was held by the family but was taken down in 1826. [1]

Early History of the Quinton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quinton research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1660, 1723, 1698 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Quinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quinton Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Quinton were recorded, including Quinton, Quinten, Quintin, Quintyne, St. Quinton and others.

Early Notables of the Quinton family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William St. Quinton (ca. 1660-1723), English politician, born at Harpham in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He was the eldest son of William St. Quintin, who died in the lifetime of his father. "Having succeeded his...
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United States Quinton migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Quinton arrived in North America very early:

Quinton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Quinton, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Walter Quinton, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [2]
  • Mayworth Quinton, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [2]
Quinton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Quinton, who landed in America in 1810 [2]
  • Robert Quinton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [2]

Canada Quinton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quinton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Hugh Quinton U.E. (b. 1741) born in Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • William Quinton, a servant in Battle Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1795 [4]
Quinton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Quinton, who settled in Open Hall Newfoundland in 1834 [4]
  • Alexander Quinton, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • William Quinton, who settled in Keels, Newfoundland, in 1843 [4]
  • Mrs. Ann Quinton, aged 35 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in May 1847 [5]
  • Edward Quinton was an agent of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1854 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Quinton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Quinton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Quinton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Quinton (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Alfred Bixby Jr. Quinton (1890-1968), American Acting Director of Industrial Programs, Department of Defence in 1950 [7]
  • Richard Quinton (1801-1885), American politician, Delegate to Iowa State Constitutional Convention from Keokuk County, 1844 [8]
  • Diane R. Quinton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988 [8]
  • Alexander Quinton, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1839 [8]
  • James Maurice Quinton (1874-1922), English cricketer
  • Flight Lieutenant John Alan Quinton GC, DFC (1921-1951), English air cadet, posthumously awarded the George Cross
  • Carole Louise Quinton (b. 1936), English three-time silver medalist Olympic athlete
  • Francis William Drummond Quinton (1865-1926), English cricketer
  • Walter "Wally" Quinton (1917-1996), English professional footballer
  • James Wallace Quinton (1834-1891), Irish chief commissioner of Assam, son of a wine merchant in Enniskillen, educated at Trinity College, Dublin
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. William N.  Quinton (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 52)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stratheden.htm
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Alfred Quinton. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Quinton/Alfred_Bixby_Jr./USA.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

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